Dating for teens online

“They are going to want to hide their religion because it’s easy to be a target as a Muslim,” Mossallam said.

Ibrahim Mossallam, director of the Muslim American Youth Center in Brooklyn, N.

Y., says teens who date secretly are grappling with their identity as Muslims.

Shoukfeh said his friends communicate with their girlfriends outside of school by sending text messages and talking on the phone.

But they don’t bring their partners home to interact with their parents.

Although dating is off-limits for these religious Muslim teens, they are allowed supervised visits with a potential spouse, who they are encouraged to meet through their network of family or friends.